Emirates to suspend Brisbane-Singapore flights

Emirates to suspend Brisbane-Singapore flights

Qantas partner Emirates will temporarily suspend its Boeing 777 flights between Brisbane and Singapore next year in favour of jetting non-stop between the Queensland capital and Dubai.

Between May 9 and September 29 2016, EK433 – which normally routes as Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai – is pushed back from a 2:30am departure to a 5am take-off sans Singapore stop, arriving straight into Dubai at 1:20pm.

On the return, EK432 leaves Dubai at 2:45am, reaching Brisbane at 10:30pm local time: again as a non-stop flight.

According to Emirates, this revised schedule “allows for necessary runway construction works in Brisbane… as the (flight’s usual) arrival and departure times fall during the planned overnight runway closures.”

“Emirates will resume services between Brisbane and Singapore and onwards to Dubai when the runway works are completed at the end of September,” the airline affirms.

Emirates’ daily Airbus A380 flights (EK435/434) from Brisbane to Auckland in the mornings and Dubai in the evenings are unaffected and will operate as normal during this period.

Qantas flights between Brisbane and Singapore will also continue without interruption, which can be booked under an EK flight number and are available to passengers affected by Emirates’ own flight suspension.

Gulf neighbour and competitor Etihad Airways axed the Singapore detour from its Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights in June 2015, making the route a permanent non-stop service using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Read: Etihad goes non-stop on Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

15 comments

  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    8 Dec, 2015 07:50 pm

    Given all these Middle East carriers cutting their Singapore stopovers - I wonder if this is an opportunity for Virgin Australia to get in there and develop some market share on AUS - SIN, perhaps even code sharing with their partner SQ. Depends whether SQ will allow it under their agreement with VA though?

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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    8 Dec, 2015 08:53 pm

    Emirates isnt axing the flight, it's temporary.

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  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    8 Dec, 2015 09:43 pm

    Good point!

    But if they get good numbers flying direct, they may keep it direct especially now that their partner QF is offering a competitive product on the route?

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  • hutch

    hutch

    8 Dec, 2015 10:47 pm

    May, or may not. For the time being Emirates say this is a suspension.

    In any case, there is currently a fair amount of capacity into Singapore. It's one thing to fly a route and another thing for it produce a good yield.

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  • KK

    KK

    9 Dec, 2015 09:25 am

    Yes, it's for BNE's overnight runway work.

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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    9 Dec, 2015 10:59 am

    I think Virgin already codeshares with SQ on the SIN route (SQ metal).

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  • StudiodeKadent

    StudiodeKadent

    9 Dec, 2015 11:00 am

    UPDATE: Just checked VA's website. Yes, they codeshare on SQ flights to Singapore.

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  • hutch

    hutch

    10 Dec, 2015 10:12 am

    I think the OP was suggesting that VA fly to Singapore with an SQ code.

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  • henrus

    henrus

    8 Dec, 2015 10:01 pm

    So what will people on the route get who booked it as a BNE-SIN service?

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  • Alex_upgrade

    alex_upgrade77

    8 Dec, 2015 11:43 pm

    They'll likely get put onto Qantas.

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  • jubbing

    jubbing

    9 Dec, 2015 04:49 am

    Wouldn't complain, the Emirates flights can have non fully flat seats. It's quite annoying on business. Either way, it's a good choice. 

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  • eminere

    eminere

    9 Dec, 2015 11:53 am

    In business you will have non fully flat seats as it's only the B77W that flies between BNE and SIN.

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  • jubbing

    jubbing

    9 Dec, 2015 02:57 pm

    Ah well that's my mistake then. 

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  • SuperSonic

    Shoudy Chen

    9 Dec, 2015 08:26 pm

    Or even considering SQ

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  • Twonson

    Twonson

    11 Dec, 2015 07:19 am

    Hopefully they will recomence with an A380 service...

     

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